noun com·po·nent \kəm-ˈpō-nənt, ˈkäm-ˌ, käm-ˈ\

: one of the parts of something (such as a system or mixture) : an important piece of something

Full Definition of COMPONENT

:  a constituent part :  ingredient <an important component of the program> <stereo components>
a :  any one of the vector terms added to form a vector sum or resultant
b :  a coordinate of a vector; also :  either member of an ordered pair of numbers
com·po·nen·tial \ˌkäm-pə-ˈnen(t)-shəl\ adjective

Examples of COMPONENT

  1. the components of an electric circuit
  2. He sells spare computer components.
  3. The interview is a key component in the hiring process.
  4. Hard work has been a major component of his success.


Latin component-, componens, present participle of componere to put together — more at compound
First Known Use: 1645

Synonym Discussion of COMPONENT

element, component, constituent, ingredient mean one of the parts of a compound or complex whole. element applies to any such part and often connotes irreducible simplicity <the basic elements of geometry>. component and constituent may designate any of the substances (whether elements or compounds) or the qualities that enter into the makeup of a complex product; component stresses its separate entity or distinguishable character <the components of a stereo system>. constituent stresses its essential and formative character <the constituents of a chemical compound>. ingredient applies to any of the substances which when combined form a particular mixture <the ingredients of a cocktail>.

Rhymes with COMPONENT



: helping to make up the whole of something (such as a system or a mixture) : forming or being a part of something

Full Definition of COMPONENT

:  serving or helping to constitute :  constituent <component parts>

Examples of COMPONENT

  1. the component parts of a machine

First Known Use of COMPONENT

COMPONENTIAL Defined for Kids


noun com·po·nent \kəm-ˈpō-nənt\

Definition of COMPONENT for Kids

:  one of the parts or units of a combination, mixture, or system
Medical Dictionary


noun com·po·nent \kəm-ˈpō-nənt, ˈkäm-ˌ, käm-ˈ\

Medical Definition of COMPONENT

:  a constituent part <the exocrine and endocrine components of the pancreas>


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